Oct 18, 2012 11:00am PDT
states. singapore is very dependent on american markets. most of its exports go to the united states. in fact,ll of asia is very dependent on the u.s. there are also a lot ofmerican semiconductor electronics companies in southeastsia, and they all use singapore as sort of their export platform toring their products back aftto bring it backoughmbled singapore the uted states. narrator: this re-exporting of products makes singapore very dependent on its hinterlands. poon: more than a hundred percent of its income is derived from expos alone. muchwhich means to sayare ally re-ebasically singapore acts as an entrepôt port; it behaves like ainrmediaryoint between the hinterland and the rest of the world. it collects products from malaysia, from indonesia, d thent distributes to the markets in the world. narrator: new ships arrive every few minutes. computer systems coordinate their movements, assign berths and allocate the equipment needed to unload. singtheiskil are needes to runm asthat relies on sophisticated the information technologyload. to keep track of the mountains of freight.
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
, and it's the equivalent of cities like pittsburgh or cleveland, say, 20 years ago in the united states. in fact, the northeast, we could argue, has been receiving huge subsidies from the central state all these years and has mismanaged those subsidies. so they had it coming to them, just as in a sense, one could argue, the u.s. automobile industry in the 1970s had gotten too fat and too lazy. and that's really what's going on here. they were not efficient and could not compete, and as the global economy changed and then indeed as the domestic economy, once it began to be open, began to change, what's going on in this part of china is anachronistic. but because of its rather privileged position within the domestic economy and the fact that it employed so many people, it's a very, very difficult thing to turn around without far-reaching social as well as political consequences. narrator: the situation came to a head in 1998. chinese premier zhu rongji announced that large and medium state-owned enterprises had three years to become modern profitable corporations. pannell: so, how do they
Oct 11, 2012 11:00am PDT
tay mill. in 199became the first mill in vietnam to supply rice to the united states, where this shipment is headed. other shipments goe to the middle eastates, and elsewhere in asia. daniere: it's a wonderfully located city in terms of export potential. it's ideally located to ship things in and out. narrator: vietnam has successfully transformed its rice industry by establishing clear rights of control over land, by making effective use of irrigation and by ensuring ready access to world markets. anperhaps stmportantly, it's due tthe rts of farming families like le van than's they are changing a long history of rice farming in the mekong delta. now they are not only feeding vietnam, but helping build a major sustainable export industry. vietnam has been one of the most rapidly growing countries of the last decade. we see this in t boomi urban centerf ho chi minh city. one key to this development has been vietnam's physical geography, along with a shift from collective to commercial agriculture. for now, there isno reac that vietnam's growt should not continue captioned by
Oct 25, 2012 11:00am PDT
of a jewish state. but the lestin wanted their own state, too. after world war ii, the united nations proposed dividing palestine into a jewish state with slightly more than half the land, and a palestinian state with 45%. jerusalem and bethlehem were to have special status under united nations jurisdiction. in 1948, the pace quickened. at midnight on may 14, the british withdrew. so that was the end of the british mandate. upon their withdrawal, israel proclaimed statehood. narrator: the jews celebrated. but the arabs were two-thirds of the population and owned more than half the land. they rejected the plan and began fighting. in the war that followed, the jews prevailed, enlarging their territory, but only able to capture the western half of jerusalem. they made their first capital in tel aviv. jerusalem became a divided city. the boundary drawn between west and east jerusalem was called the "green line," and that's what highway number one is still called today. east jerusalem was then part of jordan, and it contained the jews' holiest sites, including their ancient temple, destroyed by the